Students Behind The Scenes at Scienceworks

On a chilly morning in May, students gathered in the historic Spotswood Pumping Station to get a peek behind the scenes at Scienceworks and use their creativity to help envision its future. Using technology tools like virtual reality and robotics, young people created designs for inclusive, innovative, and awesome new play spaces. Teams from across Melbourne were challenged to use a human-centred design approach to redevelop Scienceworks’ outdoor play spaces and use technology tools to prototype their designs.

Ideas generated at this Design Sprint will feed into the actual redevelopment process that Museums Victoria will undertake. This real-world approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) was enhanced by industry speakers at the start of the day, professionals who gave a solid foundation and introduction to inclusive playground design and the social value of play spaces. Teams borrowed from the museum's own design process by centring user personas spanning different ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Through the process, students learned about and engaged with many different types of technology as tools for prototyping. Some of the things we had on offer included: CoSpaces virtual reality creation, MBot robotics, Micro:bit Micro Computing devices, Makey Makeys, and 3D Printing pens. Students also used our recycled material physical makerspace to prototype their designs.

Teachers mentioned that the most impactful part of the day was, “Seeing the kids completely engaged with their project and knowing that it could become a reality”, and “Design Ideas and the use of technology as a tool for designing”.

Students said,“I'm so glad I went through that, I have never felt like that in my whole life, so I just want to thank you for making this”, and “The best part of the design sprint was our school working as a​ team, learning about new types of technology and making our playground.”.

To see the final results of the design process, watch the students describe their prototypes:

The next Design Sprint event will be held at Scienceworks on Tuesday, October 29. To express interest, please complete this short form:

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